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"Material: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptors"
2008-03-01 until 2008-03-22
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
New Orleans, LA, USA United States of America

The Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is proud to present "Material", a group exhibition featuring contemporary ceramic sculptors Casey McDonough, Sidonie Villere, Blake Jamison Williams, and Millicent Young with additional works by Casey O'Connor and Loren Schwerd in the back room. The exhibition will open Saturday, March 1st, 2008, from 6 - 10pm at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400a Julia Street, in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans. The exhibition will be presented in conjunction with the NOLA FIRED UP Ceramics Conference, and draws attention to artists who use unconventional materials to define their perceptions of science, culture, spirituality and memory.

Casey McDonough holds an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BS in Studio Art and Marine Biology from Eckerd College. Using his background in Science, his works relate to social interactions and their relationship to scientific principles.

Sidonie Villere's works are architectural meditations on construction and deconstruction using loosely held together forms that reference homes and culture. Villere was born and raised in New Orleans, holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has exhibited her work nationally and was most recently acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art. She currently teaches Ceramics at the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans.

Blake Jamison Williams holds an MFA from Louisiana State University and is currently an assistant professor of ceramics at Michigan State University. She received a research and development grant from Dickinson College to produce her "Remnants/Relics" series and was recently awarded a Creative & Scholarly Activities Grant from Michigan State University to complete her latest series, "The Ossuary Project", both of which are presented in the exhibition at JFG. Williams creates work about memory, recreating the process by using objects associated with sentiment and presenting them in a new light for consideration.

Millicent Young's work addresses societal adaptation and its relationship to the adaptation of animals. Born in New York City in 1958, her work has been recognized by curators and directors from the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the International Sculpture Center, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida, Mexico.

"Material"will be on view from February 26 through March 22, 2008, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 1st, from 6 -10pm at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400a Julia Street, New Orleans, 70130. For images or more information, please contact gallery director Mia Kaplan at 504-522-6471 or via e-mail: mia@jonathanferraragallery.com.

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